In 1977 disco angels looked down from above
and blessed us with Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love”
Although it is true that accomplishments within the broad range of disco occupy varying degrees of tastefulness, we believe it’s a quantifiable, objective statement that “I Feel Love” is one of the best dance songs ever, perhaps the one that has been most influential in spawning covers as well as wave after throbbing wave of techno dance tunes. It is the Parthenon of dance music. It achieved a classical excellence judged on its own merits and also is flexible, adaptable and inspirational enough to have prompted a bevy of followers–some just pale imitations of the original, some inspired developments from it, some that just leave us scratching our collective head.
You be the judge: there’s the obvious homage of Blondie and Madonna, a sort of latter-day disco version by Curve, an offering from the pairing of Bronski Beat & Marc Almond (a duo that nearly makes our ’80s-loving head explode), a neo-disco version from Rhythm Masters, a robot version by New Deal, a special approach which could only come from the mind and throat of Klaus Nomi, one by the Oriental Night Fever project which has a cool eastern twist but is sooooooooooo slow, one by this dude we just don’t get, a fun falsettorama surprise from Red Hot Chili Peppers, a noisy and bright version from the Blue Man Group and Venus Hum, a good straight-up version from this band from Finland we’ve never heard of, a less-expected but still-good offering from this Canadian cellist, and while we’re at the strings why not a ukulele dude.
All of these covers were coughed up by a pretty quick (but admittedly awesomely funky) YouTube search by MoT‘s crack Digital Media Research team; no doubt dozens if not hundreds of other worthy covers are out there waiting to be discovered–or recorded in the first place. All of them a testament to the richness of the precedent itself, and the richness of traditional idioms, whether they be built of marble or on top of a synthesized back beat.